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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Next Chapter: Norway

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Today, I have something very special to share. I’ve known about this for a while now, but didn’t want to talk about it until it was completely set into stone:

I am moving to Norway this summer!

And I couldn’t be more excited about this new chapter of my life. I will be studying abroad in Bergen for a year and I plan to make this year nothing short of fabulous. It’s been five years since I was a Foreign Exchange Student in Canada during High School and I’ve been itching to live abroad again. Not that I mind living in Germany, but it’s nice to get a change of scenery every once in a while.

I still have a couple of more weeks left in Germany and there’s still so much to do before I leave – I honestly underestimated just how many things there were to do before moving to a different country! I’m optimistic, though, and am working towards completing all those things. Besides, I’m way too excited about this move to feel bad for too long!

Despite this excitement, there’s also some nervousness inside me. I’m not nervous about being farther away from home or about living in a different country. What I’m nervous about is the prospect of being in a long-distance relationship.

My boyfriend will be studying abroad as well – not in Norway, though, but in London. I am really happy for him because it really is a once-in-a-lifetime chance that he worked so hard for. But at the same time, it’s hard to imagine being apart from him – even if it’s just temporary. I look at it with a positive attitude, though: We now get to travel not only one country, but two! And I have plenty of excuses to go visit London.

I am confident that we will be able to go through this and come out as an even stronger couple, but if you have any tips for long-distance relationships I’d be more than happy to hear them!

But let’s not dwell on the negative for too long – as I said, I plan on making this year an amazing experience and I already have so many things planned out in my head that make me giddy with excitement. I’ll be sharing more of those plans with you soon, but I can already tell you that the photographer in me is having a field day just thinking about it!

Do you have any tips on living/studying abroad and making the most out of the experience?

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  1. EEEEEEEEEEEEEE exciting! Can't wait to hear all about it! I want to visit Norway too badly!

  2. I am soooooo excited (and a smidge jealous, hehe) of you!!!!! Norway is so beautiful!!!! You are going to have an AMAZING year! And I am so glad that you AND your boyfriend are having these amazing, transformative experiences! Long distance can be difficult, but if you make spending time together a priority (and by together I mean "together" like virtually), then you can do it! Plus, you guys can get all creative and send letters and little trinkets from where you're at. Make it a year to remember... and who knows? It will probably STRENGTHEN your relationship! :)


  3. I love Scandinavian countries! I've only been to Denmark and Sweden, but Norway is on my list. Enjoy and I can't wait to read about your adventures!

    My boyfriend and I were long distance for awhile and let me tell you-Skype is a godsend! We had tea dates, watched movies, just talked all night. We also did a lot of travelling. We picked places between the two of us and met up there. :)

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words! :) I'm sure Skype will become a big part of our life! Hope you get to visit Norway one day and that I'll be able to let you live vicariously through my blog until you can!



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